Reads for Women’s History Month
Reading women authors is one of the best ways to celebrate Women's History Month. Check out some of Molly's top picks- titles that touch upon women's rights, issues, and history. These books include themes such as motherhood, reproductive rights, body image, equality in the workplace, and the underrepresentation of women in positions of power. Click on a book cover to place your copy on hold- and check back throughout the month of March to discover more books by and about women!
Wild Swans spans the twentieth century through the lives of three women in China- the author, her mother and her grandmother. First published in 1991, Wild Swans has been translated into 37 languages and sold 20 million copies. Chang details the life of her Grandmother, whose feet were bound and she was a concubine before becoming a wife. Chang's mother, a revolutionary member in the Communist Party, has five total children with her high ranking officer husband. Chang, a teenager during the Cultural Revolution, offers detailed insight to life under Mao. Wild Swans is a historical account of the lives of women in China that will leave a lasting impression long after you finish reading.
Shonda Rhinmes is the creator and executive producer of the hit television series Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal and the executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder. Her memoir is as addictive as her tv shows! Using humor, Rhinmes tells her story- rising through the ranks in television as a single, black mother to two adoptive children. Often judged for her appearance, Rhinmes learns to enjoy her success by not turning down any opportunities- even the ones that scare her. Year of Yes is an incredibly motivating and introspective read!
Semple, author of the best-selling Where'd You Go, Bernadette, is back with another crazed, overthinking mother. Eleanor, who cannot keep names, faces, dates or anything straight, is forced to deal with her hurt pride and painful relationship with her sister after one of her former employees pays her a visit. Semple, known for her humor, tackles heavy topics (working mothers, abusive relationships, marriage and sisterhood) with a way that makes you laugh and want to stand, pump your fists in the air, and say, "that's what I've been saying"! Highly recommended.